Kidkraft Prairie Kitchen

Kidkraft Prairie Kitchen

I know a ton of people who have the KidKraft Vintage Kitchen and swear by it. It is very cute, similar in style to the Pottery Barn Kids Retro All-in-1, but much less expensive. I love the all-in-one design and the accessories such as the phone, the microwave and the ice maker. It comes in white, red, pink, blue and navy, but of course I like the white best. If you are looking for something a little more modern, the KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen is laid out the same, with similar accessories. It is a bit larger than the vintage kitchen, but may be more your style.
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Kidkraft Prairie Kitchen

Although these KidKraft Kitchens may seem like an easy choice, they come unassembled, and from what I hear it is a very lengthy assembly.  If I am going to spend 5 hours putting it together, why not build my own? Also, I can’t find anything about the wood or finishes used in the KidKraft products, which leads me to believe that it is not up to the standards I want.
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Kidkraft Prairie Kitchen

KidKraft Wooden Kitchen and Refrigerator provides all the fun and fantasy for open-ended imaginative play in the heart of the home. Thoughtful and creative details abound. The pink refrigerator and freezer are frescoed with a water and ice dispenser, a clock, a phone and a notepad. Also with doors that open and close for pretend food and utensils to be stored. Even the microwave and oven have clear see thru doors to make sure the meal is prepared to pefection!
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Kidkraft Prairie Kitchen

KidKraft Wooden Kitchen and Refrigerator provides all the fun and fantasy for open-ended imaginative play in the heart of the home. Thoughtful and creative details abound. The pink refrigerator and freezer are frescoed with a water and ice dispenser, a clock, a phone and a notepad. Also with doors that open and close for pretend food and utensils to be stored. Even the microwave and oven have clear see thru doors to make sure the meal is prepared to pefection!See More
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Kidkraft Prairie Kitchen

Thanks for this awesome post!!! I am debating myself on which kitchen to get for my almost 2 yr olds upcoming birthday. I have been going back ad forth between the PB one and Kidkraft…And, I like the PB one better, but I just can’t see myself spending that kind of money on it, as you had said. So, I am still struggling with which one to choose 😉
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Kidkraft Prairie Kitchen

Another vote for gently used. I just picked up a KidKraft Vintage kitchen from a neighborhood family for my 13mo old for $40 and although it has quite a few nicks, it still looks great, has presumably off-gassed any VOC’s, and it came fully assembled! I had to spend a good 30-40 minutes cleaning it thoroughly, but that was it. My daughter loves it, especially the phone.. 🙂 good luck!ReplyCancel
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Kidkraft Prairie Kitchen

MdC Another vote for gently used. I just picked up a KidKraft Vintage kitchen from a neighborhood family for my 13mo old for $40 and although it has quite a few nicks, it still looks great, has presumably off-gassed any VOC’s, and it came fully assembled! I had to spend a good 30-40 minutes cleaning it thoroughly, but that was it. My daughter loves it, especially the phone.. 🙂 good luck!ReplyCancel
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Kidkraft Prairie Kitchen

The Pottery Barn Kids Chelsea All-in-1 Kitchen is very similar to the All-in-1 Retro Kitchen, but a bit more modern looking. It is about the same size, and has all of the same realistic details of the retro kitchen. (Knobs that click, a sink that actually holds water.) It comes in grey, pink and white. If you want a bigger set, there is also the larger Chelsea Kitchen Set.
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Unfortunately, this set comes with the same concerns as the retro kitchen. It is expensive and the finish might be questionable. However, the style and quality of the Pottery Barn Kids Chelsea All-in-1 Kitchen might make up for the concerns I have. I really love this kitchen and I kind of wish my real kitchen looked just like this!
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The Pottery Barn Kids Retro Kitchen Collection is the original. The OG. The mac daddy of play kitchens. I fell in love with their retro kitchen before I even had kids. It has a cool retro design with tons of little details like knobs that click when you turn them, a functioning timer, and a sink that actually holds water. The set comes in red, white, pink or grey, to fit in with any decor. I personally like the white, but there is just something so magical about a red play kitchen under the Christmas tree on Christmas morning, don’t you think?
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The Ikea Duktig Play Kitchen is very small and simple, and would fit in just about anywhere. Right out of the box it does look a little too Ikea-ish (aka boooooring) but it is so easy to hack the Ikea right out of it. If you want to customize a kitchen, but not build one from scratch, this is definitely the best one to start with. See some of my favorite hacks of this kitchen here, here, here and here.
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The Hape Playfully Delicious Cook n’ Serve Kitchen is small, simple, and very reasonably priced. It is perfect for small spaces, since you can pull out the side cart when playing with it, and tuck it back inside when you aren’t. The chalkboard on the front is great for writing the daily menu, or letting people know if the restaurant is open or closed, as my girls like to do. This kitchen would also be great to customize a bit, like with the Ikea kitchen.
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The Haba Play Cooker is the perfect solution for families without the space for even the smallest play kitchen. I love that you can set this on the counter and your little ones can cook right next to you. You can also turn any little table or even a chair into a play kitchen. The only negative is that there is no storage for the play food or other accessories, but you could always get a nice wooden crate to keep everything in. Or even a large cloth drawstring bag. If you prefer handmade, The Little Kitchen is completely handmade in the USA of solid pine wood with a natural oil and beeswax finish. And this little tabletop version even has an oven!
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To solve these problems, I would just buy the Future Foodie Play Kitchen Sink, and make a few customizations. I would paint the neon yellow cabinet doors grey to match the top cabinet doors, and attach a few round wooden discs to the right side of the sink to be burners for the stove. Then it would be a super cute all-in-one little kitchen!
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If you want a high quality wooden Waldorf style kitchen, expect to pay a higher price. But you really do get what you pay for. These are handmade in the USA and are gorgeous. They are made of high quality hardwoods such as Pine, Birch, Maple, Walnut, Oak and Cherry, and finished with natural stains and oils. Pictured is the Maple Wood Play Kitchen by Camden Rose. You can also find lots of great Waldorf style kitchens on Etsy, like these by AToymakersDaughter and Willowtoys.
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This kitchen comes with food, pots, pans, plates and utensils, making it the best value by far. You really wouldn’t need to purchase anything more. If you want a wooden play kitchen with nice accessories, but are on a tight budget, this is the winner, hands down.
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The Playfully Delicious Gourmet Kitchen is nice and small, but not as small as the My Creative Cookery Club Kitchen. Made of Baltic Birch plywood and non-toxic finishes, this an excellent eco-friendly choice. And like I said above, I love all toys by Hape. In addition to the white version, it comes in bright green, which is a little wild and crazy for my allergic-to-color-taste, and purple, with matching bonus accessories.
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For those who are curious, we didn’t actually end up buying any of these play kitchens. Instead, we went the DIY route and had a cute little play kitchen made. We have been so incredibly happy with our play kitchen, and it has seen a lot of love over the years. It is currently being given a little face lift, and I will share some photos, along with details on how it was made in the next few weeks.
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We have the Plan Toys 3-piece kitchen (sink/dishwasher, stove/oven, and refrigerator) and although it was expensive, it was well worth it. We’ve had it for almost a year now and the knobs still click, the doors still open and close and it still looks brand new, despite my 20 month old daughter and 3.5 year old son cooking nearly every day! It was a piece of cake to put together, very sturdy (yet not heavy….I can move around each piece on my own to reconfigure their kitchen), and I haven’t had a problem with it being too tall. When we purchased it, my daughter was only 9 months old, and yes, it was too tall at that point but she also wasn’t interested in it yet. By the time she was ready to slip on the oven mitt and break out the pots and pans, she could reach everything she needed! Very happy with our purchase!!!ReplyCancel

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